Ryan traveled a perilous budget path to veep spot

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney's new running mate took a tough road to political stardom -- he's spent years trying to cut spending on popular government programs.

Rep. Paul Ryan's ideas for slicing away at Medicare, food stamps and virtually every other government program are politically risky. But they have made him a hero to the Republican Party's budget hawks. Now that he's Romney's vice presidential pick, Ryan and his ideas are at the center of the party.

He wants to shrink the deficit by cutting trillions of dollars in spending and limiting Medicare's growth. He would hand off Medicaid control to the states.

But Ryan won't look to higher taxes to fix the nation's finances. He would cut the top rate to 25 percent from 35 percent.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2012 at 03:15 PM
    If he wants to cut social programs so badly he needs to cut spending on war machine too. Military is part of the big government and burns through quarter of all the money. We paid for social security and medicare from our paychecks and now all the sudden it's considered an entitlement.
  • by FDR Location: GJT on Aug 13, 2012 at 07:39 PM
    This town would support Daffy Duck if he claimed to be a Republican.
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      by Jim on Aug 13, 2012 at 09:15 PM in reply to FDR
      There are plenty of other towns you can move to. If you have a problem with GJ LEAVE!
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        by Jamie on Aug 14, 2012 at 07:17 AM in reply to Jim
        What I love most about the Republican party is that it is just so inclusive!
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          by JIM on Aug 14, 2012 at 09:31 AM in reply to Jamie
          Like liberals are so tolerant. If you don't agree with their views you are labeled a hate monger or racist.
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      by LLC on Aug 14, 2012 at 07:15 AM in reply to FDR
      Daffy Duck IS a republican!
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      by Luke on Aug 14, 2012 at 02:08 PM in reply to FDR
      Modern liberalism, mirrors,marxism.
  • by Luke Location: GJ on Aug 13, 2012 at 07:03 PM
    The ONLY growth to be expected by the present administrations plans, is government. Nothing for the American people there.
  • by szabla on Aug 13, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    This plan has always worked to head off depressions and recessions. Smaller Government increases the ability of the private sector to thrive and grow. I support smaller government and Romney/Ryan ticket.
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